Green Iguana (Iguana-verde)

Scientific name: Iguana iguana

Gaia Biological Park (Portugal)

Iguana – Parque Biológico de Gaia

Iguana is a genus of lizard native to tropical areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean. The genus was first described by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena in 1768. The genus Iguana includes two species: the Green Iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean Iguana, which is endemic to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

The word “Iguana” is derived from a Spanish form of the original Taino name for the species “Iwana”.

A Iguana-verde ou iguana-comum (Iguana iguana) é uma espécie de lagarto arborícola e herbívoro do género Iguana, nativa da América Central e do Sul. Um iguana-verde adulto pode medir 180 cm de comprimento e pesar 9 kg. O iguana-verde adulto é herbívoro, mas o filhote se alimenta de invertebrados.

O ovo do iguana-verde leva entre 10 e 15 semanas para chocar.